In my absence at a meeting in Darlington, Ian Pearson reports it was a fine, bitterly cold, day at Grosmont yesterday with a dusting of snow on the moors. With Steve Hyman, Frank Shotton, Jon Bradley, Bill Dobson (briefly on his return from Scotland) and Ian himself. After a short briefing from Bill, lighting the stove and a cuppa, work started.
First job was to check the grease gun worked OK and also the grease nipples on the way shaft housings. One was found to be defective and was replaced but the other one was OK. Steve replaced a broken flexible oil pipe on the right hand rear horn guide. Ian, Steve and Frank took both little end pins and brasses down to the MPD for Owain to make new pins.
The return load from the MPD was bringing the steam brake cylinder back into Deviation Shed for refitting back onto the T2 next week. Lunch was had around the stove.
After lunch, Steve cleaned the carbon from the right hand cylinder bearing. Frank cleaned the lens rings which are part of the header to steam pipe fittings, and also the header and steam pipe connections. Jon arrived after lunch and painted the way shaft and their housings with another coat of black primer, and also dressed the area on the underneath of the tender where where the housings fit. Down at the MPD, steam tests were being carried out on No.29 and the steam crane .
A new hydraulic transmission jack has been purchased for lifting heavy items back onto the locomotives and was delivered today, Thursday, to Deviation Shed by Ian and Gordon. It has a lifting capacity of 300kg and will be a great help for us geriatric volunteers.
The next working party will be on Saturday 15 February 2020 for both the
T2/Q6 and J27. Next Wednesday (19th) is inspection day for the lifting equipment.